Before I go on, please keep in mind, that I am not aiming this at any particular organization or company.  If I wanted to do that, I would have done that.  I am just writing my thoughts and feelings. 

 

I have established myself as a hard-working, experienced and knowledgeable individual who has goals to reach, and dreams to obtain.

But…………

You see one word on my resume and decided it is not worth the trouble you may or may not go through. But I am not removing that word.

It is me.     It is who I am.

Deaf. 

It is a four letter word.

It is in the title of a few of my books.  The ones that I wrote as an adult in my early twenties, before I turned 30.  So it was a pretty big accomplishment for me.  I am not going to remove the books off my resume because I don’t want to give a false sense of who I am, or what I have accomplished.

How many applicants can say that?

You won’t admit but it is there.  I know.  I am not stupid.

I graduated from Penn State University.   A Big Ten School.  In 3 1/2 years.

I am working on my Masters at Penn State University.

And I am deaf……

Sadly, that is all you see.

Have I been told in person that I can’t work somewhere because I am deaf?

Yes, I have.  And should I have done something to fight back?

I didn’t.  I didn’t want to.

It wasn’t worth it.

Did it hurt?

What do you think?

You are basically telling me my experiences, my knowledge, my skills and my abilities are worthless because I am that four letter word.

Your lost.  Karma is real, you know?

I am not trying to be negative or ruin any chances I may have to get gainful employment.  (I am employed, I just want a better job).  For those in my past who did give me a chance, you know and saw first hand what I do and what I am capable of.  And you know because you didn’t see me as that four letter word.

You saw me.

You gave me chances, opportunities, and you allowed me to grow.

You know who you are, and I thank you.

Hire me, and let me show you what I can do and how I can assist your organization.  Don’t use the four letter word when discussing my resume or think of it.  You can’t.  It is illegal to do that, but I know you will.

And it is not just me.

Diversity is something that everyone, every organization preaches, but no one practices.

They are afraid.

Why?

 

 

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